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Post by abstract toad Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:56 am

I wondered if this might be alabaster, but a second opinion I've received suggests it to be some sort of resin that has come out of a mould.
Possibly difficult to guess if you cannot feel it, but I'm hoping there's something obvious I'm missing that stands out to someone with some knowledge.
It doesn't feel cold, weighs a tonne, feels a bit chalky in places and smooth in other areas.
I believe that it dates to the mid 20th century.
Any help welcomed, thanks.

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Post by NaomiM Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:36 am

The mark on the base could only have been formed if it came out of a mould, imo. Could be a stone effect cold cast resin; they have the feel of stone. You could try a hot needle test to see if it melts, or a scratch test. Or look closely at the crevices in the decoration. If there's extra lumps and bits then it must be from a mould rather than carved.

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Post by abstract toad Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:41 am

Thanks Naomi, that's really useful 👍
I think it was a case of wishful thinking on my behalf, with regards to it being hand carved.
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